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  • State tennis: Wiregrass Ranch boys close in on title

    The Wiregrass Ranch boys tennis team is poised to become the school’s first state championship squad after a dominating and near-perfect opening day Wednesday at the Class 3A championships in Altamonte Springs. The Bulls were sitting in first place with 21 points (out of a possible 22), while second-place and ...
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    Wed. April 16, 2014 at 6:33 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Blake's Shavar Manuel ranked No. 2 in country, receives Army invite

    Blake's Shavar Manuel ranked No. 2 in country, receives Army invite Blake's sack-happy sophomore defensive lineman Shavar Manuel doesn't graduate until 2016, but 247Sports and the U.S. Army aren't wasting any time. Manuel, a 6-foot-3, 260-pounder, was invited to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American game Wednesday, and followed that up by making a giant splash in the 247Sports latest ...
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    Wed. April 16, 2014 at 4:56 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Column: Middleton sprinter aims for another important score

    Column: Middleton sprinter aims for another important score Anthony “Shug” Rhynes is charging toward the finish line, knees up and down, arms churning, cleats banging away on the rubber track — bap, bap, bap — with nothing in front of him. It’s just Rhynes and the clock. Just like always. Saturday morning, Rhynes took his ACT one more ...
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    Mon. April 14, 2014 at 8:04 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Jerica Coley's career a success with or without the WNBA

    Jerica Coley's career a success with or without the WNBA She left St. Petersburg as one of its most decorated high school basketball players, an unselfish teammate with the ability to take over a game when she needed to, with a basket or an assist or a steal. But usually a basket. And yet, college coaches weren’t banging down Jerica ...
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    Sun. April 13, 2014 at 3:39 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • North Suncoast district softball preview with schedules

    North Suncoast district softball preview with schedules NEW PORT RICHEY — When Hernando’s Kevin Bittinger didn’t start his ace Tuesday against River Ridge, he was thinking ahead. To districts. To regionals. To the hard road to the state finals. Beginning Monday, every game could be the last for local softball teams, and every match-up could be pivotal, ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 5:45 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • North Suncoast: Baseball super 7, stats

    Baseball super 7 Records through Wednesday. 1. River Ridge (15-4, 11-2): We’re not sure the Royal Knights have ever graced the top spot in this super 7, but they are deserving. Not only have they won five straight and 10 of their past 11, but the Royal Knights also boast ...
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    Thu. April 10, 2014 at 4:56 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • North Suncoast: Softball super 7, stats

    Softball super 7 Records through Tuesday: 1. River Ridge (21-3, 5-2): Makenzie Goluba has allowed just two earned runs in her past 72.2 innings, and with the Royal Knight bats heating back up, River Ridge is starting to definitively look like the North Suncoast’s best. 2. Mitchell (21-2, 9-0):  Kassidy ...
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    Wed. April 09, 2014 at 6:08 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Softball: River Ridge rolls past ace-less Hernando

    NEW PORT RICHEY — River Ridge softball coach Ernie Beck likes to schedule tough games the week before districts, which is why Hernando, a team boasting a 20-1 record and 13-game win streak, rolled into town Tuesday night. But when the lineups were exchanged, Beck noticed that ace Courtney Riddle, ...
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    Tue. April 08, 2014 at 10:58 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Baseball: Osceola 3, Mitchell 0

    TRINITY — It’s no secret that when Osceola starter and top draft prospect Keith Weisenberg leaves, so do the Major League Baseball scouts. But Buddy Dougherty, who in addition to being the No. 2 starter is pretty much the designated closer when Weisenberg pitches, doesn’t take it personally. “Yeah, I ...
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    Wed. April 02, 2014 at 11:06 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District tennis: Plant girls roll, boys edge Wharton

    TAMPA — The Plant and Wharton tennis teams followed a seemingly yearly script at Tuesday’s Class 4A, District 7 tournament. The Panther girls dominated, while the Plant and Wildcat boys battled it out to the very end. The end result was a Plant sweep. The three-time defending state champion Panther ...
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    Tue. April 01, 2014 at 8:34 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Unsigned Preps qualifies for nationals, will join Team Tampa (with video)

    Unsigned Preps qualifies for nationals, will join Team Tampa (with video) Unsigned Preps’ all-star 7-on-7 team staged an unlikely rally behind Alonso’s Chris Oladokun and Sickles’ Ray Ray McCloud III to reach the semifinals of the IMG 7v7 Southeast Regional on Sunday, clinching a second straight national championship appearance. But a timing snafu kept Unsigned Preps from bigger things. In its ...
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    Mon. March 31, 2014 at 4:19 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Four area teams take on 7-on-7 regional qualifier

    Four area teams take on 7-on-7 regional qualifier A collection of Tampa Bay’s top football talent, including the likes of Tampa Bay Tech’s Deon Cain, Sickles’ Ray Ray McCloud III, Hillsborough’s Dwayne Lawson and East Lake’s George Campbell, will converge in Bradenton this weekend for the IMG 7v7 Southeast Regional qualifier. Four teams and more than 75 athletes ...
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    Fri. March 28, 2014 at 3:42 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Track roundup: Rivers helps Wharton win National Division meet

    Track roundup: Rivers helps Wharton win National Division meet SEFFNER — Wharton’s Bryanna Rivers always runs from behind. It’s where she likes to be, and her ability to kick down the stretch generally makes it a winning strategy. There are times, though, such as Wednesday night, when she wonders if she ceded too much room, surrendered too many meters ...
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    Thu. March 27, 2014 at 12:33 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Baseball: Springstead 3, Wiregrass Ranch 2

    WEEKI WACHEE — Miguel Martinez wasn’t tired Wednesday night. But he confessed that he was a bit nervous in a seventh-inning bases-loaded showdown. But after sneaking an inside strike past Wiregrass Ranch leadoff hitter Austin Drury, the Springstead sophomore took a little off the next offering and floated one past ...
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    Thu. March 20, 2014 at 12:46 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Column: Gritty delivery, clean slate for Fivay's Sean Fluke

    Column: Gritty delivery, clean slate for Fivay's Sean Fluke Sean Fluke is trying not to look back. Instead, he looks forward. To this week, next week, next month. How many pitches can he squeeze in, how many swings of the bat can he take, how many games can he win? His last two seasons were lost, one to injury ...
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    Tue. March 18, 2014 at 9:22 p.m. | John C. Cotey

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